Minister launches Precision Agriculture Flagship

Posted by | March 30, 2015 | News, Research | No Comments
Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan, Member for New England and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, Executive Director of the Regional Network of Universities Dr Caroline Perkins and UNE Pro Vice-Chancellor [Research] Professor Heiko Daniel

Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan, Member for New England and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, Executive Director of the Regional Network of Universities Dr Caroline Perkins and UNE Pro Vice-Chancellor [Research] Professor Heiko Daniel. Photo Simon Chamberlain

Minister for Agriculture and Federal Member for the New England, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, today launched the Regional Universities Network (RUN) Precision Agriculture Flagship at the University of New England.

The RUN Precision Agriculture Flagship is a partnership between
UNE, Central Queensland University, the University of Southern Queensland and Federation University, and will allow for collaboration in precision agriculture research projects and activities.

UNE Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Heiko Daniel, welcomed the launch of the Flagship program as an important initiative in the emerging field of precision agriculture.

“Precision agriculture is about utilising technologies to achieve the most efficient and effective farming methods possible,” Professor Daniel said.

“UNE has a very strong Precision Agriculture Research Group (PARG), under the leadership of Professor David Lamb, and this collaboration with other RUN universities will bring together some of the most advanced knowledge and research in Australia.

“Today’s launch of the Flagship at UNE’s new Sustainable Manageable Accessible Rural Technologies (SMART) Farm is fitting, as the SMART Farm is pioneering the application of precision agriculture at a farm-wide level.”

The Flagship will drive a range of activities including the exchange of precision agriculture data and information for the purposes of postgraduate research projects, teaching and outreach, the development of joint outreach programs, and other projects of mutual benefit.